Tiberias, named for the emperor Tiberius, is one of four holy cities in Judaism. The series of hot springs in the region first attracted Roman notice in the 1st century and led Herod Antipas to build a city replete with a grand cardo, stadium, gold-roofed palace, and great synagogue.Following the Bar Kochba Revolt in the 2nd century when Jews were exiled from Jerusalem, Tiberias became the center of Jewish life in Israel. Rabbinical academies were established and Jewish scholars and sages were drawn to Tiberias. Today you can visit many tombs of great Jewish tzadiks (scholars) including Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon and Rabbi Meir Ba’al Hanes who helped to compile the Mishnah.

A free (tips-based) walking tour of Tiberias is offered on Sundays and Mondays at 9am and Thursdays at 6pm.  The tour takes about two hours and leaves from the Tourist Information Center across from the Sheraton Moriah Hotel.

Call to confirm availability: 04-672 5666.

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberias

Bible Walks Resource: http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/Tiberias.html